VLC For Android – Your Complete Guide (2022)

VLC for Android is one of the branches of the popular cross-platform media player that is available for free. The latest one branded with the version number 3.*.* was introduced in Android along with other popular platforms like Windows, Mac, and iOS. This introductory guide is here to answer the questions that you might have on installing VLC, running it and performing basic as well as some advanced functions in the Android app.

About VLC for Android

VLC For Android publicly started with a beta project and now, they have launched a full-fledged app that is supported wholly by the VideoLAN team. They claim it to be the best open source video and music player that is fast and user-friendly. It already has over 100 million downloads in the Play Store. This port for Android can play any video and audio stored on your phone, tablet or any other device powered by Android. Apart from local storage, it can also access network streams, network shares, and DVD ISOs.

The video player is packed with features that allow it to play every known format. You can easily play popular formats like MKV, MP4, MOV, AVI, and Ogg. Even the lesser known formats are handled smoothly by the player. The audio player has everything it needs to be branded a great music player—equalizer, filters and a complete database to manage your MP3 files. Other dashing features that need to be mentioned are Chromecast support, playlists, the audio control widget, auto-rotation, support for audio headsets and cover art, adjustment of aspect-ratio and gestures for brightness, seeking and volume adjustments.

To top it all up, it’s not only a free app but it’s also free of any advertisement. It doesn’t even display a tiny ad. Other popular universal media players that we know of show ads but this one is a megastar. Their team of passionate volunteers is there to keep it ad-free and they publish the source code out to the public. What more can we ask for?

Downloading and Installing VLC in Android

If you’re on Android, you get VLC from the Play Store. Just search the play store or click here to go there directly. Once you hit the install button, your smart device will download the necessary app files and install the app automatically. After that, you can easily access the player from the app drawer (and even the home screen). Tap on the cone icon and you are good to go.

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Using VLC in Android

When you launch the app, it will scan for all the media files on your phone/tablet and display it on the main screen. The app has evolved over time and the latest version is different than how it started out.

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The main screen right now looks like a file manager. The interface displays folders like Download and Internal memory. These are sorted into categories like Favorites, Stores and Local Network. Tap on these folders like Internal Memory to access sub-folders. We can use it just like a file browser to access media files.

On the top-right, you will just see Options [represented by ⋮]. The options will change according to the page that you are on. As an example, the top options for the video player and audio player is different. On the bottom of the app, you will see Video, Audio, Browse, Playlists and More […].

Playing media files is easy. Just tap on the files displayed in the player (under video or audio found at the bottom). You can also directly open a media file from any other file manager. You will have the option of opening it with VLC for Android. You can set it so that those media files are always opened with VLC. There won’t be any issue with the file format and you will be able to play anything under the sky.

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The Video Player Interface

Video player is the main screen of the app. It can also be switched to by tapping on Video from the bottom navigation menu. The options [⋮] on top will allow you to Resume playback, Sort by [Name, Length, Recently added, and Media number], Group videos [Group by name, Group by folder, Do not group videos].

Tap, browse and open up a video and you will access the interface. There will be several buttons on the screen and gestures will also be displayed for a short while. You can use them for easy watching and navigation.

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Video Controls

Besides the gestures, the major controls is the seek bar.

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Along with the seek bar, several buttons are positioned at the bottom of the screen. This is like in just any other media player application. It will disappear automatically after some time but it can be brought back up by tapping on the screen once.

  • Seek bar: Slide it or tap on a certain point in time to navigate different positions of a video.
  • Subtitle Button: Choose a Subtitle track (included with the video). Also allows downloading of subtitles, delaying it or selecting a file to use as the on-screen display.
  • Play Button: Play or pause the media.
  • Aspect Ratio: Change the aspect ratio-Best fit, Fit screen, Fill, 16:9, 4:3, and Center.
  • More Options … to access these additional options
  • Lock: Lock the screen to play the video without any mistake on screen touch interference.
  • Sleep timer: Set a desired time for the app to go to sleep mode (stop playing the playlist).
  • Playback speed: Speed up to 4x or go as slow as 0.25x.
  • Jump to Time: Navigate to a specific scene in the video by inputting the hour/minute/seconds.
  • Equalizer: Access the inbuilt equalizer with presets such as dance, full base and treble, headphones.
  • Play as audio: Hide the visuals and only play the audio part of a video.
  • Pop up player: Make the video pop out so that you can continue navigating the app.
  • Repeat mode: Change the repeat mode to off, repeat current media or playlist.
  • Video information: Display bit-rate, codec, resolution, frame-rate, and other media information.
  • AB repeat: Repeat a specific section of a single and currently open video.
  • Save Playlist: Save the current media as a new playlist or add it to a preexisting playlist.

Downloading Subtitles Automatically

If you are watching, let’s say a movie and you want the subtitles for it automatically then you can click the subtitles button on the player interface, and then, tap on the Subtitles text to expand it. Then hit on Download subtitles. It will do the job automatically (if there exists a subtitle for that video).

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Gestures

There are three gestures in total. They are performed when videos are playing.

Brightness: Touch the left side of your screen and drag your finger up and down to increase and decrease the brightness respectively.

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Volume: Similar to brightness, touch and drag your finger on the right side of your screen to adjust volume.

Seek: Slide your finger left or right to seek toward that direction when any media file is playing. Forward and rewind your video on the fly.

The Audio Player Interface

The audio player interface is as simple as it gets. Tap on the Audio button on the bottom of the main interface. It will switch to the audio player. Open up an MP3 file and you will know how easy it is to navigate through it using the player. The basic controls of playing/pausing and previous and next tracks are right there in the bottom. Choose to repeat the entire playlist, the current playing track or disable repeating using the bottom right option.

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On the top of the audio player, you will find options related to casting, searching and more options. Under more options, you can Resume playback, Sort by Name, Display in list or Display in grid, Show all artists, and Refresh. Then, you will find the tabbed menu under which you can sort and display by Artists, Albums, Tracks, and Genres. MP3 files should have the ID3 tags set up to display correctly under these tabbed lists.

Options for Audio Player

When an audio is playing, you will find an options menu [⋮] on the top-right. Under that, you can set the following options-

  • Sleep timer: Shut off the player after a certain time.
  • Playback speed: Play the MP3 in between 0.25x to 4x speed.
  • Jump to time: Jump to a specific time in an audio file. Useful if you access audio books via VLC.
  • Equalizer: Access equalizer to spice up your audio playback.
  • A-B repeat: Repeat a section of an audio continuously.
  • Save playlist: Save the current playlist into a new or existing list.

Options for a Single Audio (not playlist audio)

If we hit the ⋮ against an audio on the list, these options exist.

  • Append: Append it to the end of the playlist.
  • Information: File length and size.
  • Insert next: Play the track next.
  • Add to Playlist: Add it to a new or existing list.
  • Set as ringtone: Set it as your device’s call tone.
  • Delete: Delete the file from storage.
  • Share: Share the file with an external application.

Options for a Single Audio in the playlist

When a playlist is accessed, the options against the audio are slightly different from the ones listed above. They are

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  • Information: Display file length and size.
  • Add to Playlist: Add to a new or existing playlist.
  • Set as ringtone: Set it as your phone’s ringtone.
  • Remove: Remove it from the playlist (not the device)
  • Stop after this track: Stops the playback after completing the current track in the playlist.
  • Share: Share the file with external applications.

Other Interfaces

After navigating through the video and audio player interface accessible through the bottom controls, there are three other buttons.

  • Browse: Browse your device’s storage. You can access favorite folders or the storage like internal or external memory. It is just like a file browser. Accessing local network is also possible.
  • Playlists: Access, sort and delete previously created playlists.
  • More: Access the settings, about information of the app. The history and streams are also in this location.

Important Settings

Under More … from the bottom, the ⚙ settings menu is where you can to go if you want to access options to customize your player. Let’s discuss those settings in detail.

Settings – Media Library

  • Media Library folders: Under Media Library, you can check all the folders to include when VLC searches for media files. You can tap on a folder to view the subfolders. Check or uncheck folders from the list as per your desire.
  • Auto rescan: Leave this option on. It means that the player is always looking for new media files. Once they are detected, they will be added to the player.

Settings – Video

  • Background/PiP mode: Choose what happens when your player is in the background as videos are being played. You can choose to stop, play video in the background or use the advanced Picture-in-picture mode.
  • Hardware Acceleration: We let the app decide it with the automatic option. You can set it to disabled, decoding acceleration or full acceleration to let the hardware (phone or tablet) do media decoding.
  • Video screen orientation: It basically is the option to orient your screen (landscape or portrait). You can lock them, choose a single orientation or let the sensor decide with the automatic option selected.

Settings – History

Playback history: Set this option on to keep your media playing history. Uncheck to disable logging of what you played.

Settings – Extra settings > Interface

  • Day/Night mode: A dark theme for low-light situations and power saving.
  • Android TV interface: Make the user interface more like Android TV.
  • Set locale: Choose a locale.
  • Single line list title ellipsize: Align the title left, right, middle or set is as marquee.

Settings – Extra settings > Interface – Video

  • Show seen video marker: Check it to market videos if they have been watched till the end.
  • Video playlist mode: Turn in on to play all the videos.
  • Video thumbnails: Show or hide video thumbnails in the lists.

Settings – Extra settings > Interface – Audio

  • Blurred cover background: Have a blurred background of the cover of the audio file in the player.
  • Show last playlist tip: Resume the last played audio with this tip.
  • Media cover on Lockscreen: Show the media cover when the phone is locked with VLC playing the audio.

Settings – Extra settings > Video

  • Save audio delay: Remember the audio delay for individual videos.
  • Save brightness level: Keep the brightness level for each videos.
  • Save Playback Speed: Recall the playback speed for single videos.
  • Fast Seek: Quickly but not so accurately seek in a playing media.
  • Video transition: Display the title for transition.
  • Use custom Picture-in-Picture popup: A resizable popup will be activated for videos.
  • Resume played videos: Continue the last played video.

Settings – Extra settings > Video – Controls

  • Audio boost: Boost the volume up to 200%. Might not be friendly for your speakers.
  • Volume gesture: Enable up and down dragging to increase and decrease the volume.
  • Brightness gesture: Enable the gestures to help you dim or lighten your phone.
  • Double tap to seek: If you double tap on the screen, your video will be forwarded by 10 seconds.
  • Seek buttons: You will have the rewind and forward buttons on the video player.
  • Video player controls hiding delay: Set the time after which the on-screen controls disappears

Settings – Extra settings > Video – Secondary display

  • Prefer Clone: Clone the device screen instead of displaying a remote control.

Settings – Extra settings > Subtitles

Formatting options for subtitles and on-screen text.

  • Autoload subtitles:Search the internet for the movies’ subtitles to be loaded automatically.
  • Subtitle Size: Choose between small, normal, big and huge.
  • Subtitles Color: Choose White, Gray, Pink, Blue, Yellow or Green as your subtitle color.
  • Subtitle Background: Display a background behind your subtitle text so that they are easily legible.
  • Bold Subtitle: Make them stand out.
  • Subtitle text encoding: Choose an encoding like UTF-8.

Settings – Extra settings > Audio

  • Resume playback after a call: Pause the media and resume after a called is picked up and dropped.
  • Save Playback Speed: Remember the speed of playback.
  • Stop on application swipe: Stops audio or video playback when VLC app is swiped and closed. Otherwise, it would play in the background and controls will be there in the notification bar.
  • Digital audio output (passthrough): Disable or enable the audio digital output.

Settings – Extra settings > Audio – Headset

  • Detect headset: Know when the headset is connected/disconnected.
  • Resume on headset insertion: When a headset is removed pause the file. When it is inserted back, resume the media playback.

Settings – Extra settings > Audio – Advanced

  • Audio output: Choose between AudioTrack and OpenSL ES.

Settings – Extra settings > Casting

  • Wireless casting: Enable or disable wireless casting with the slider.
  • Audio Passthrough: Give the control of audio rendering to your TV.
  • Conversion quality: Choose between lowest, low, medium and high for the quality that is cast.

Settings – Extra settings > Advanced

  • Network caching value: Enter the value in milliseconds for the amount of song that is downloaded so that you don’t have to wait for it to buffer.
  • Prefer SMB 1: A fix to error in browsing SMB servers.
  • Dump media database: Copy the database of your media to the internal storage.
  • Clear media database: Go to the Android options for the player from where you can clear cache and data that the app uses.
  • Clear playback history: Remove everything from your playback history.
  • Quit and restart application: Restart VLC.

Settings – Extra settings > Advanced – Performance

  • Time-stretching audio: Changing the speed won’t impact the voice pitch in audio. It works great with devices having powerful processors.
  • OpenGL ES2 usage: Use or disable OpenGL.
  • Force video chroma: Select between RGB 32 or 16-bit, and YUV.
  • Deblocking filter settings: Choose filters like automatic, full deblocking, medium deblocking, low deblocking, and no deblocking.
  • Frame skip: Skip frames if decoding is slow.

Settings – Extra settings > Advanced – Developer

  • Verbose: Increase the logcat verbosity.
  • Debug logs: Start the logs to view errors and debugging messages.
  • Custom libVLC options: Core vlc engine.

Final Words

As you can see through the explanations above how powerful the player is and the options it has to give you full control. From playing files of any format to gestures to changing how the player behaves, VLC has an option for it. A normal user might not require them but it’s good to know that so many features are configurable.

For normal users, just downloading/installing the app, and using it to play every file that there is, is more than enough. We’re hoping you find this VLC guide for Android useful.

FAQs

Is VLC good for Android? ›

1. VLC for Android. If you're looking for a versatile, all-in-one media player that'll play just about any file format that you can throw at it, then give VLC for Android a spin. Out of the box, VLCcan play almost anything from the ubiquitous MP3 and MP4 files to more unusual formats such as MKV and FLAC.

How can I play VLC on my Android? ›

Open the Play Store app in your Android device. Search for “VLC Media Player” or just click on this link to reach VLC Media Player at the Play Store. Tap on install and the installation process begins. Once the required file is downloaded to your device, it is installed automatically.

What is better than VLC for Android? ›

Other interesting Android alternatives to VLC Media Player are MX Player, Kodi, KMPlayer and GOM Player. VLC Media Player alternatives are mainly Media Players but may also be Audio Players or Internet Radio Services.

How do I use VLC mobile app? ›

You can unlock by tapping the same button again. The second button in the menu is for audio and

Which player is best for Android? ›

10 Best Android Video Player Apps Of 2022
  • MX Player (Best Android video player)
  • VLC Android video player.
  • AllCast (Android video player for casting)
  • BSPlayer.
  • XPlayer.
  • FX Player.
  • KMPlayer.
  • PlayerXtreme.

What is the best free media player for Android? ›

Here are the ten best video players for Android that are both free and ad-free.
  1. VLC. 3 Images. ...
  2. KMPlayer. KMPlayer is another famous video player for desktops and smartphones. ...
  3. Nova Video Player. ...
  4. PLAYit. ...
  5. Night Video Player. ...
  6. Just Video Player. ...
  7. KMP Video Player. ...
  8. CM Player.
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Is VLC still the best? ›

At the moment, the open-source VLC Media Player is our top pick. This free video player has never failed us. It also is compatible with every OS, even if you're using mobile ones such as iOS and Android.

Can VLC Android convert files? ›

VLC can convert your media files into different video file types. Ogg, mp4, divx, are only some of video file types that VLC supports. Click the profile button, and specify custom settings that are compatible with your Android specification.

Is VLC Media Player for Android free? ›

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files, and various streaming protocols.

Which one is better VLC or MX Player? ›

Most of the users love to play all media files on VLC while working on computer whereas MX player is rated as best solution for android platform. Those who cannot tolerate annoying ads on screen are advised to go ahead with VLC and the second option is to spend on professional version of MX player.

What's the difference between ExoPlayer and VLC player? ›

VLC Media Player for Android is one free and open source cross-platform multimedia player. It can play almost any media files, discs, and streaming media. So it is a good choice. ExoPlayer is one open source project that plays media with minimal code.

Which video player is best? ›

List Of The Best Video Player
  • PotPlayer.
  • Media Player Classic-Home Cinema.
  • Plex.
  • MusicBee.
  • Kodi.
  • 5KPlayer.
  • MediaMonkey.
  • DivX.
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What can I do with VLC app? ›

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  2. Convert Videos to Any Format. ...
  3. VLC as a Graphic Equalizer for Your Music. ...
  4. Activate Audio Normalization to Protect Your Ears. ...
  5. Play Internet Radio and Podcasts in VLC. ...
  6. Loop a Section of a Video or Audio File.
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How does the VLC app work? ›

The VLC player is usually more powerful than the default video player that comes installed on your system. The VLC player can play audio and video from almost any source and without the need for additional codecs. The player is packed with tools and various options to help you get the best quality playback available.

How do I put subtitles on VLC phone? ›

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  1. Download: VLC for Android (Free)
  2. Open the app and select the video you want to play. Tap on the screen to bring up on-screen buttons and hit the player icon at the bottom-left.
  3. Expand the Subtitles menu by tapping the down arrow next to it. ...
  4. Several subtitles will appear.
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Which video player plays all formats? ›

1 - 5KPlayer, and VLC features best compatibility with Linux and Android. Designated as a video player all format, 5KPlayer confirmed its top place in the list of top 5 media players 64 bit, and meanwhile playing MP4, AVI, MKV videos on MacOS Sierra without installing external codecs.

Which is the best 4k Video Downloader for Android? ›

List of the best apps
  • 4k Video Downloader apk.
  • 4k Video Downloader APK.
  • AVD Download Video.
  • Ultra HD Videos Downloader.
  • Videoder.
  • KeepVid.

Does Android have a built in MP3 player? ›

Yes, Android phones have "mp3 players", they're in the form of music apps. There's a stock music app that comes with all Android phones, but there are also tons of free alternatives.

Does Google have a video player? ›

On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Drive app. At the top, tap Search Drive. In the list, tap Videos. To play your video, tap the one you want to watch.

Which is the best offline video player? ›

KMPlayer. If you are looking for the perfect playback tool that can play all kinds of subtitles and HD videos, then KMPlayer is the best option for your Android phone. It also has a HD video player that can support smartphones and tablets and play up to 4k, 8k UHD video quality.

What is the best video player for Android 2020? ›

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  • MX Player. MX player is a great combination of easy usage and powerful features. ...
  • Plex. Plex is one of the best options for local Android video players. ...
  • PlayerXtreme. PlayerXtreme was earlier limited to iOS devices. ...
  • FX Player.
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Which player is better than VLC? ›

PowerDVD is the best choice for a VLC Media Player alternative out of the five we reviewed. It supports an extensive range of audio and video formats, offers screencasting and Blu-ray support, and will play 3D and 360° videos.

What is the best alternative to VLC Media Player? ›

Most users think KMPlayer is a great alternative to VLC Media Player.

What does VLC stand for? ›

History. The VideoLAN software originated as a French academic project in 1996. VLC used to stand for "VideoLAN Client" when VLC was a client of the VideoLAN project.

How do I merge audio and video in VLC Android? ›

Part 1: How to Add Audio to Video in VLC [for Playback]
  1. Go to Media > click Multiple Files, then a second window will pop up > click Add. ...
  2. Load the target video. ...
  3. Click + Add on the second Open Media window > load the audio files that works on the video selected before.
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Where are VLC playlists stored Android? ›

A file vlc_media. db will be saved in the root folder of your Android device. Use a file manager app in your device or from the Play Store to go to the storage root to access this file.

How do I convert VLC to MP4 on Android? ›

2. How do I convert MOV to MP4 with VLC?
  1. Open VLC and select Media > Convert/Save.
  2. Click on the Add button at the Open Media tab to import the MOV file.
  3. Click on Convert/Save at the bottom-right corner.
  4. At the Profile section, choose Video-H. 264+MP3(MP4).
  5. Select the destination folder and tap on the Start button.

Is VLC player safe? ›

VLC's program icon is an orange traffic cone. In general, the open source VLC media player program is safe to run on your system; however, certain malicious media files may try to use bugs in the program to take control of your computer.

Is VLC Player Chinese app? ›

So the VLC app itself doesn't come from China and is an open source software from a France-based group. However, it has a Chinese connection though. Cicada, a hacking group that is allegedly backed by the Chinese government, uses VLC Media Player to deploy malicious malware.

How do I know if VLC is converting? ›

The file position timer of VLC will start to increase/move like a progress indicator. Once it reaches the end, you will know that the conversion has completed. Your newly converted media file will be saved.

Why some videos are not playing in MX Player? ›

Most users of MX Player encounter the issue that MX player can't play this file. Most of the files available for download on the internet are encrypted with DTS, DTSHD, AC3, EAC3, or MLP audio tracks. Unfortunately, these types of audio tracks are not supported in most Android mobiles.

Which video player is better than MX Player? ›

1. VLC Player. VLC player enjoys the same kind of popularity on Windows as MX player does on the Android side of things. It was a little late to Android platform but has matured a lot over the last year.

What does ExoPlayer mean? ›

ExoPlayer is an app-level media player built on top of low-level media APIs in Android. It is an open source project used by Google apps, including YouTube and Google TV. ExoPlayer is highly customizable and extensible, making it capable of many advanced use cases.

Is MPV player good? ›

VLC is one of the most used video players. It is available for free on multiple platforms. MPV is also a great video player.

How do I play MX Player on VLC? ›

Follow the steps below to play mx player video in vlc player:
  1. Firstly, open the vlc player on your system.
  2. Then go to media tab and click on the open file option,
  3. A new window will open, now browse the location where your mx player video is stored.
  4. Select the video and click on the open button.

Can VLC handle 4K? ›

The VLC Media Player, in its latest version 3.0, comes with better support and capabilities for playing 4K UHD videos.

Does VLC Media Player damage speakers? ›

In VLC media player if you increase volume upto 200% it definitely damage the speakers. To increase volume upto 200%, use key ctrl+up. To avoid the damage of speakers, keep volume 100% and set equalizer disable or classical mode. yes a VLC player can damage/destroy your normal laptop speakers.

Can VLC open PDF files? ›

Re: VLC trying to play a PDF file!

VLC does ot play PDF. That's something else. To help you, we need messages, to completely understand what your problems is. Also don't forget to name your Operating System and provide the VLC media player version.

How do I import videos from VLC to gallery? ›

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  1. Place disc on the optical drive. ...
  2. Choose Next to format the disc for using.
  3. Copy the .exe file of VLC to disc.
  4. Install VLC from the application store on Android .
  5. Set Play videos in background on Android.
  6. Share files with Homegroup setting.
  7. Transfer files from VLC to Android.
10 May 2022

Does VLC use data? ›

VLC software does not use any user account, and does not collect any user data, when working. VideoLAN does not collect any data, nor any telemetry, when VLC is being run.

Why is VLC so good? ›

VLC Media Player (opens in new tab) is hugely popular, and for good reason – it's completely free, supports almost all file formats without the need to download additional codecs, can optimize video and audio playback for your chosen device, supports streaming, and can be extended almost infinitely with downloadable ...

How do I watch a movie on VLC? ›

Part 1. How to Use VLC Media Player to Stream Videos
  1. Step 1 Download and install VLC Media Player first, launch it, and click on Media>Open File.
  2. Step 2 Click on the Add button and choose the file you want to stream.
  3. Step 3 Click on the Stream button and then choose Settings.
19 Aug 2022

How do I close VLC on Android? ›

Unfortunately, now the only way to completely close VLC for Android is to go to Manage Apps and Force Close it.

Does VLC for Android support subtitles? ›

Open a movie in VLC for Android app. Tap on the screen to bring up the on-screen buttons (if it is not showing already). Tap the button on the far left. Expand Subtitles option by pressing on the down arrow next to it.

How can I permanently add subtitles to a movie on Android? ›

Add Subtitles to Movies on Android Using VLC
  1. First of all, download VLC for Android app (Free, offers in-app purchases) on your smartphone.
  2. Next, open VLC and let it parse all the media files on your Android smartphone. ...
  3. Here, expand the “Subtitles” menu and tap on “Download subtitles“.
25 Feb 2021

Can VLC auto generate subtitles? ›

VLC can also auto-generate subtitles using an add-on called VLSub. Once the add-on is downloaded and installed on your system, it will search for the video subtitles online. All the relevant results will be shown, and from them, you can choose the subtitle you want to use.

Is VLC Player trustworthy? ›

VLC Media Player is a legitimate piece of software that facilitates all the tools necessary for playing media content. Although it has triggered some malware alerts, it doesn't contain any malware, making it perfectly safe for download and installation.

Is VLC Player app safe? ›

VLC's program icon is an orange traffic cone. In general, the open source VLC media player program is safe to run on your system; however, certain malicious media files may try to use bugs in the program to take control of your computer.

Which is best VLC or MX player? ›

Most of the users love to play all media files on VLC while working on computer whereas MX player is rated as best solution for android platform. Those who cannot tolerate annoying ads on screen are advised to go ahead with VLC and the second option is to spend on professional version of MX player.

Can VLC Android convert files? ›

VLC can convert your media files into different video file types. Ogg, mp4, divx, are only some of video file types that VLC supports. Click the profile button, and specify custom settings that are compatible with your Android specification.

What are the disadvantages of VLC Media Player? ›

Below are some disadvantages of using VLC:
  • To play files, you have to open them directly from their respective folders.
  • You cannot use tags.
  • It can be difficult to find songs in your library.
  • You cannot customize the program's interface.

Where can I download VLC safely? ›

Go to https://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html in your computer's web browser. Click Download VLC.

Does VLC send data? ›

VLC software does not use any user account, and does not collect any user data, when working.

Who owns VLC? ›

VLC is made by the non-profit foundation VideoLAN. It started as a student project at the French École Centrale, Paris but is now a worldwide project with developers from 20 countries. (more about its history). VLC is built in a modular way.

Is VLC media player really free? ›

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files, and various streaming protocols.

Should I update VLC player? ›

With VLC Media Player, you always want the latest version of the software in your computer. There are additional features, security updates and improvements in the app when it is the most up to date version.

Is VLC good in 2022? ›

At the moment, the open-source VLC Media Player is our top pick. This free video player has never failed us. It also is compatible with every OS, even if you're using mobile ones such as iOS and Android.

How do I know if VLC is converting? ›

The file position timer of VLC will start to increase/move like a progress indicator. Once it reaches the end, you will know that the conversion has completed. Your newly converted media file will be saved.

Is media player Classic better than VLC? ›

The Audio aspects of VLC Media are much better than the Media Player Classic. While MPC is just for Windows, this holds great advantages for VLC Media. May be in the future, Media Player starts working on other platforms and there will be a great competition ahead.

How do I merge audio and video in VLC Android? ›

Part 1: How to Add Audio to Video in VLC [for Playback]
  1. Go to Media > click Multiple Files, then a second window will pop up > click Add. ...
  2. Load the target video. ...
  3. Click + Add on the second Open Media window > load the audio files that works on the video selected before.
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Where are VLC playlists stored Android? ›

A file vlc_media. db will be saved in the root folder of your Android device. Use a file manager app in your device or from the Play Store to go to the storage root to access this file.

How do I convert VLC to MP4 on Android? ›

2. How do I convert MOV to MP4 with VLC?
  1. Open VLC and select Media > Convert/Save.
  2. Click on the Add button at the Open Media tab to import the MOV file.
  3. Click on Convert/Save at the bottom-right corner.
  4. At the Profile section, choose Video-H. 264+MP3(MP4).
  5. Select the destination folder and tap on the Start button.

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